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Physical Oceanography

What is Physical Oceanography?

Physical Oceanography involves an understanding of the mathematical equations that describe fluid flow, and how these are used in the context of the oceans.

Students gain an understanding of what controls coastal ocean currents, water-mass formation, upwelling, storm surges and large-scale ocean flow. They also learn about the dynamics of a range of ocean processes, including waves, tides, beach currents and the El-Nino/Southern Oscillation.

A background in oceanography can be applied to disciplines such as climatology, the dynamics of marine populations and the dynamic structure of marine and coastal habitats. Physical Oceanography is essential to understanding climate change and global warming. At UNSW Sydney it is a research focus of the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) and the marine science group in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Physical Oceanography as part of your Diploma

UNSW Diploma students learn the fundamentals required for their future studies in discipline-specific diploma courses that are equivalent to First Year undergraduate courses at UNSW Sydney.

The added support that diploma students receive will equip them with academic and English skills and ensure they are well prepared for their journey into Second Year at UNSW Sydney.

Physical Oceanography Diploma Courses

View an example of the courses you will be studying in your First Year at UNSW Global below.

  • Mathematics 1A
  • Mathematics 1B
  • Higher Physics 1A or Physics 1A
  • Higher Physics 1B or Physics 1B
  • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy
  • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life
  • Design & Application of Materials in Science & Engineering
  • Communication & Academic Literacy

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